Dar Al Batoul
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... least 2 years and we responded with the same, inviting him to contact us if we are in his proximity.
To ease the congestion at the Moroccan port the immigration process is performed on the ferry. Stamped in for a no questions asked three month stay (for more than three months questions are asked).
We disembarked at the Tangiers port to quickly discover that this was another land of the Bakeesh.
Temporary vehicle import permit ...
... taking turns saying every word of the service out loud. This shul is "new" (since 1960) but has a 270 year old magnificently carved wooden ark.
We join one of the community leaders, Isaack Ohayon and his wife Gloria, for a Shabbat dinner where we meet their daughter Shirelle who, at 11, is the last Jewish kid in Marrakech. The next morning we head to the Mellah (the old walled Jewish quarter) and go to the El Zama Synagogue, built in 1492, and help make ...
... and it pulls me back across the ocean in a way that also inspires me to be grounded where I am. It's being able to share stories, tell jokes and recount details to her that makes me take them all in. For me, storytelling makes making stories all worthwhile.
It makes me think though, is there a point where memories become just stories? Does the way I tell a story alter the memory of the moment?
No matter, I'm off to make more tomorrow.
... the dozen words I know in Arabic. Thursday I started my volunteer placement at AMSAT, a center for people with Down Syndrome. It has been difficult for me to communicate with the residents, even the ones who speak French, because they are not able to form words very clearly. With my poorly-tuned ear I have a lot of trouble. Fortunately I just help out as an assistant to the staff there so I don't have too much responsibility for ...
... or if I translated it wrong but I think any American politician would have been thoroughly impressed by his non-answer answer. I asked to be excused "My mom is calling" (by the way mom, still mad you didn't actually call me and save your favorite daughter from being sold like cattle) but before I could leave she took a picture of me to give to her son. I couldn't make this stuff up even if I tried.
After that incident I decided to hang out with those only under the age of ...